I've returned my second Harman Kardon AVR 370 after about 2 weeks of frustration. There was a problem that killed the output amp and volume control at random - changing input sources, during boot up, turning on the associated display ... or no known reason. It could be restored by resetting the whole unit, but then I had to do the whole set-up - speaker calibration, setting radio stations, etc … two - four times a week. The first unit suffered the same problem with zone 1 outputs, but couldn’t be reset.
Shop staff referred the problem to the local agent, but no feedback came during the three weeks after the first unit was returned.
I didn’t have a problem with the sound when it was working, but I never knew whether it would boot up when I pressed the button, and how long it would stay on.
The shop’s demo unit also had no output when they first showed it to me – apparently cooked due to speaker cables touching - and like my first unit, it couldn't be revived. An electrician has found no problem with my in-wall speaker cables.
I've now seen three units with fatal output problems - whether I've been unlucky or there is a design, manufacture or software issue - I'd be wary.
Update three months on - I settled on a Pioneer SC-1223-K. It has so far performed without flaw, and perhaps gives a more detailed sound than the Harman-Kardon. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the interface is very poor - too many dedicated-function buttons with forgettable acronym/abbreviation labels, rather than simple navigation of a good menu system.
I personally believe that the Harman Kardon AVR 370 is a beautiful, modern amp with all features required in the modern age as well as high quality sound. Of course choice of amp is all up to the buyers decision. Some might say its too beefy, others might say it is not. For my ears, it is the perfect balance sound required. For the price tag, it is worth the money. Other reviews for this amp are here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/receivers-separates-amps-reviews/harman-kardon-avr-3700-review/
You should hear the amp before making a choice on what to buy. I believe this amp for a general 7.2 system, and in my opinion it is better than the Yamaha 3030. I returned my Yamaha 3030 for this amp and have never regretted it. As I said before it is purely up to the buyers ears to what they want for their amp.
Read on Digital Trends for a more accurate review. Again the link:
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